Parents told to brace for job action at Simcoe Muskoka Catholic schools

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The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board has notified parents that it has received notice from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) about province-wide job action, beginning Tuesday.
The job action involves about 750 staff, including educational assistants (EAs), designated early childhood educators (DECEs), office and clerical and maintenance workers. Teachers are not represented by OSSTF, and although they are continuing to negotiate their own contract, the board’s elementary and secondary teachers are not currently engaged in job action.
OSSTF, says the board in an email message, has indicated that their job action will include information pickets as well as a limited withdrawal of some services. At this time, the withdrawal of service appears to be administrative in nature and the union has indicated, through its public news release that, these job actions will have no impact on student learning.”
Throughout this job action, families and visitors may see staff members participating in information pickets before and after school or during lunch time. These pickets may result in minor delays and the board asks for patience and understanding as “EAs, DECEs, office and maintenance staff exercise their legal rights as part of a union.” 
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